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September 1 Poll Results
Pedestrian-Friendly Towns
Are drivers in the town where you live good about stopping for pedestrians?

32% Yes, very good. (17)
36% They’re just okay. (19)
No – I’m flirting with death whenever I try to cross the street. (17)

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  • School adopts Pay for Performance Plan
    The Idaho Pay for Performance plan for Joint School District #171 was approved last week by the school board. The pay has been submitted to the State Dept. of Education for approval. Legislation passed this spring details the mechanism for granting shares to districts based on how schools in the district rank on students’ proficiency or student growth on Springs ISATs. School boards determine what criteria will be used to earn shares at the local level. A teacher must earn shares (or portions of shares) through both the state and local measures in order to receive any Pay for Performance money. Read this article in its entirety on our blog at

  • Robert (Bob) Vian, Timberline’s new principal
    Timberline Schools, home of the Spartans, welcomed Robert Vian (pronounced like lion) as the new school principal this fall. Most recently, Mr. Vian served Garden Valley, a community of similar size, as the high school principal. He was looking for a small school, when the position came open in Pierce/Weippe, and he was eager to apply for it. Mr. Vian attended Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR, earning a B.A. Degree at that teaching college. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • You have to be sober to do this kind of work
    When Richard Whitten was a youngster in Louisiana in 1958, he entered an exhibit in a science fair. No, it wasn’t a tinfoil volcano oozing Hershey’s syrup. He created, out of pop beads and wire, a model of a uranium atom which he placed in a large black box. The viewer would look through a small hole in the side of the box to view the atom which was lit by ultra violet light as it eerily turned on an invisible wire from which it was suspended. The entry was entitled “Colors in Chemistry” and won first place – did you ever doubt it? Your favorite bug man and mine, Richard Whitten, is up to it again. He has two fine exhibits for your viewing pleasure. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Maniacs “Vandalized” by McCall, lose opener, 16 – 6
    The McCall Vandals lived up to their names last Friday night as they hosted the Orofino Maniacs in a season opener that left Maniac fans feeling a little bit … “Vandalized.” “We gave them that first touchdown,” lamented Maniac head coach, Galen Kuykendall, referring to the Orofino fumble that was picked up and returned 35 yards for an easy score. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Dean and Judith Brandt celebrating 50th anniversary
    Dean Alden Brandt and Judith Marie Wunderlich were married Sept. 1, 1961 at the Orofino Lutheran Church by Reverend Tom Householder. Dean and Judy followed in the footsteps of their parents, John Walter and Bessie Brandt and Gene and Alice Wunderlich, in the lumber and sawmill business all their married lives.  Dean and his dad built a cedar lumber mill on Orofino Creek in 1964 and the Dean Brandt family has operated the mill since that time. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Is your current septic system functioning properly?
    This article is the first in a three-part series on Septic System Ownership and Maintenance in Clearwater County. This first article will start with “Frequently Asked Questions” and move into covering general aspects of septic system installation and upgrades, maintenance and associated costs later in the series. The Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) is working on implementing a “Source Water Protection Grant for the Clearwater River”. This is a $20,000 grant provided by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to maintain and improve the City of Orofino and the Riverside Water and Sewer District’s drinking water which is taken from the Clearwater River. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Prescribed burning planned near Middle Butte and Weitas Guard Station
    The Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forest’s Lochsa Ranger District will conduct prescribed burning operations during the months of August and September. According to Chris Gauthier, Assistant District Fire Management Officer, prescribed fire will be used to change the composition, size and number of small trees, as well as reduce the natural fuel loads and presence of fire intolerant species north and east of Middle Butte. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • American Red Cross needs blood donors
    In the wake of Hurricane Irene, thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross for help. Many communities from North Carolina to New England are suffering from significant flooding, wind damage and widespread power outages. The blood supply was low before the storm and Irene has already caused the cancellation of more than 60 blood drives resulting in a shortfall of more than 2,100 blood donations over the past few days. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater National Forest Road #100 closed for culvert installation
    Forest Road #100 (Kamiah Pierce Road between Peterson Corner and Pierce) is closed for installation of an Aquatic Organism Passage Culvert. The closure will start Wednesday, Sept. 7 and will be closed for approximately four weeks. Location of closure is approximately four miles North of Petersons Corner. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • County employee salaries evaluated, brought closer to market value
    Kathy Hedberg from the Lewiston Tribune dropped in to ask questions on the proposed FY 2012 Clearwater County Budget during the Aug. 22 Clearwater County Commissioners meeting. The biggest decision was on salaries to try to bring some of the highest inequities in the salaries closer to market value. The County hired an independent third party company (BDPA, Inc.) to provide a salary survey and write job descriptions and classify the jobs. The County wanted to look at all the employee positions to see where the jobs are compared to the area job market. The County needed to be in compliance with the federal labor standard act. Contrary to the LMT article the information shared is the following.  To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Joyce Howe
    Aitco container site has the Dump Store, where we sell salvageable items. We donate the proceeds to organizations that our hilltop kids are involved with; Toys for Tots, cheerleader uniforms, Head Start and Accelerated Reading are just some of these programs. When we know there is a need, we try to help. I don’t like people who load up vehicles so they can go home and have their own yard sale. Things sold individually bring in more money for our children. Things put in boxes, then stuffed in vehicles cannot be sold to price. People that do this are not welcome. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino Rotary extends outreach internationally
    Since it was chartered in 1978, the Orofino Rotary Club has lived the Rotary motto, “Service above Self. Locally, Rotary has completed many service projects that have benefited the Orofino and Clearwater communities. The Orofino Rotary Club, part of Rotary International and Rotary District 5080, also strives to provide service to the international community. Read this article in its entirety on our blog at

  • A day at the Weippe Rodeo
    My first rodeo! I’ve seen them on TV and in the movies, but never sat in the bleachers at a “live” event.  The Wild Weippe Rodeo, the 50th annual in fact, was a real treat! My husband and I attended Sunday’s program on Aug. 21. We had delicious pancakes, ham, and eggs at the Cowboy Breakfast, watching the well- organized staff cook and serve. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Idaho resident to participate in Brad Meltzer’s Decoded TV series
    Buddy Levy, a professor of English at Washington State University and a resident of north Idaho, is scheduled to appear on the History program Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. Every now and then a researcher will discover a historical enigma, an unproven rumor, a story with a puzzling outcome. Such encounters are an irresistible challenge for Brad Meltzer, the #1 New York Times best-selling author. He unraveled many of them thread-by-thread in last year’s 10-part hit series, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Volunteers are needed to help build a cedar fence along the creek by the new park pavilion on Sept. 17. Rob Harrell, a wonderful community spirited guy is organizing this. All organizations and any one else willing to help with this project is asked to call Rob at 464-2736. There are three seats open for reelection; Mayor, four year term and two four year council positions. The election filing period will be open August 29-Sept 9. Also the new pavilion at the park is available for use by reservation (contact city hall). They would also like to remind people that building permits are required with in the city limits.
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  • Hot weather in Fraser
    The days have finally turned hot in the Fraser community. Our temperature climbed to 98 degrees on Sunday, Aug. 28, and we had a lightning and thunder storm that night. Rain did fall for a few minutes; it only amounted to 4/100ths of an inch. A cool breeze came up and our evening temperature dropped to 65 degrees. For the homes without air conditioning that was a nice change. I guess it’s about time we had some summer weather, the first day of autumn is only 22 days away. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop...
    Carlyle, Julie, Jamie Cahala and Jesse Crocker went to Dayton, WA Sunday and Monday to celebrate Julie's mom's 90th birthday. Julie's mom is Betty Ayerst of Dayton. Many family members were there to celebrate Betty's big day. The adults even celebrated with a water bottle fight. The Cahalas really enjoyed the time with Betty and the family. Carlyle Cahala's birthday is Saturday, Sept. 3 (sorry Carlyle). He has said he is sweet 16. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for September 1
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a 107-day waterfowl season for 2011-2012. A youth hunt was set for Sept. 24 and 25. Daily duck bag limits are seven birds in the aggregate - no more than two female mallards, two redheads, three scaup, two pintails, one canvasback - with a possession limit of 14 birds after the first day and no more than four female mallards, four redheads, four pintails, six scaup and two canvasbacks.

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